By Magnus Svensson

Magnus writes about network technology, security and privacy. He is originally from Norway and now lives a location independent lifestyle. When he is not obsessing about networks and how to protect his privacy he loves traveling and photography.

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DarkHotel – Hacking High Value Target at Expensive Hotels

This week DarkHotel is on everyone’s mind, and for good reasons. For those who slept under a rock the last few days, DarkHotel is an insidious malware infection targeting high profile travelers staying at higher end hotels in mostly Asia and the US. The bug was detected by Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky Lab is a security…

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Is Tor Safe?

On August 5th, 2013 NBC News reports that “Tor users compromised in child porn takedown.” The Independent reports that Eric Eoin Marques, a 28-year old man from Dublin, appeared before a judge regarding charges of distributing child pornography originating from the FBI. Interestingly at the same time Freedom Hosting, a web host that allows users…

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Video Revealed the NSA’s Top-Secret Efforts to Spy on U.S. Citizens

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras interviewed William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency (NSA) turned whistle-blower about domestic spying. This mind-blowing, short clip reveals details of the NSA’s top-secret “domestic” spying program, Stellar Wind, which began under Bush/Cheney/Tennet/Hayden shortly after 9/11. Benney estimates that a facility being build in UT will be able…

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Edward Snowden – Democracy Under Fire

Every July 4th Americans celebrate their independence from British rule, usually a patriotic display of flags, plenty food and fireworks, an excuse for a long weekend, BBQs and getting drunk. What started out as a great plan, a democracy like never before, has suddenly come to a screeching halt, worst of all ,with the most…

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Privacy Settings – Careful Using US-Based Companies

The EU considers US surveillance a “grave threat” to EU sovereignty. Rightfully so, as all data stored in public US clouds is subject to mass surveillance by US authorities. The EU considers personal privacy a fundamental right of any European citizen, which is obviously incompatible with warrantless mass-surveillance (FISA), as recently reauthorized for another 5…

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Facebook – The End of Privacy?

When it comes to privacy, Facebook is on a mission to eliminate it at all cost. The now publicly traded company is every marketing company’s and spy agency’s wildest dream come true, gathering information about social relationship and intimate details of more than a billion active monthly users. Knowing Facebook, Google and cohorts are collecting…

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Privacy? NSA Storing All Communications in Massive Database

All emails from anyone within the United States are stored by the NSA and other US government spy agencies for later retrieval if you “somehow” become a person of interest, says William Binney, former NSA crypto-mathematician. This blanket surveillance will allow government agencies to construct a scaringly accurate picture of your life from around 2002…

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US Government May Soon Read Your Emails at Will

Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously introduced a bill that would have actually granted greater protection of your privacy, is re-introducing said bill for discussion on the senate floor next week. The new version however, would allow 22 government agencies access to your email without requiring a judge or informing the owner of accessed email accounts.…

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Canadians May Soon Be Monitored in Their Bedrooms

Canadians may soon have surveillance right in their bedrooms if the Chiefs of Police Association gets their way in parliament… No quite yet, but it would be easy to imagine…. The Chief’s of Police Association of Canada is resurrecting a Internet Surveillance bill that would allow law enforcement to intercept Internet communication of anyone in…

Securing Your Google Drive

Google Drive Opening Back Door Into Your Gmail Account?

Using Google Drive to store and synchronize your files between devices is generally a good idea (if you encrypt your personal data that is). The problem lies in using Google’s desktop client, both on Mac and Windows, because it includes a “Visit Google Drive on the web” link automatically logging you into your Google Account.…

Welcome Magnus Svensson

We are thrilled to announce that Magnus Svensson joined our team. In his current day job he deals with Network Security and he has a keen interest in Internet Privacy and Cryptology. In addition to his IT talent, he has great writing skills. He currently resides in Norway. You can reach him via Twitter @magsvensson, on Facebook and Google+

iPhone/Android Users Want to Read This

The FBI denies being the source of the UDIDs that Antisec leaked earlier this week, so where did the data come from? With the US government having a history of being less than truthful about it’s surveillance programs and no way to verify Antisec’s claims at this time, the origin of the data is anybody’s guess. While the leaked UDIDs appear to have little value, thanks to Antisec releasing data stripped of identifying information, Apple and Google have been secretly storing a year’s worth of location information on user’s devices, and in Apple’s case backing this data up to user’s…

Can Service Agreements Create Privacy?

An article by Hanni Fakhoury on the EFF’s blog suggests just that. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that “users lose their expectation of privacy when they turn information over to third parties,” a statement often used by law enforcement to obtain records without the need to get a warrant, leaving your constitutional rights in the hands of companies, which might not have your best interest in mind. There are, of course, exceptions. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals leaves an interesting door open and that is that under certain circumstances “a company’s guarantee to its customers that…

The Hacker Group Antisec Released 1 Million UDIDs of Apple iOS Devices

Last night Antisec has released about 1 million unique identifiers (UDIDs) from Apple iOS devices as reported on several news sites this morning. As scary as that may sound it is not clear what security or privacy implications this hack will have, as nobody seems to know what one could potentially do with this information. If you are concerned you can check your UDID(s) against the database of leaked UDID(s) here. Antisec didn’t release all 12 Million UDIDs they apparently had access to and withheld identifying information. While I understand the FBI tracking a certain number of people, I am not quite…

Can This Cat Keep Secrets Better Than Microsoft’s Skype?

Paranoia or not, in June of 2011 Microsoft was granted a patent for code to legally intercept VoIP calls, such as Skype, just a month after it acquired Skype. whether this technology was subsequently integrated into Skype, Skype refuses to answer. Mark Gillett, Skype’s Chief Development Officer, writes on Skype’s Blog in July 2012 that Skype will continue protecting their user’s privacy and only reveal content stored on their servers if legally required, technically feasible and law enforcement follows the appropriate procedures. What does that really mean? The company that owns Skype has a patent for software allowing interception of…

Internet Should Not Have Gatekeepers or Regulators

Everything political, everything social, the way we do things with other people is all done with your computer, on the Internet, with your iPhones with your mobile devices now, and it’s a totally different world then when we had powerful computers, but they weren’t a part of your life as much as now. And I’m just as happy as everyone to see it having turned out this way,” he tells RT. Apple’s co-founder fears that freedom of information is under attack, with the internet controlled and regulated in unnecessary and harmful ways. RT talked to Steve Wozniak on a range…

CNET – Subscriber Beware!

Being alert is a big part of protecting your privacy. I was just about to setup a profile in CNET when I found this little jewel (see picture!). There is nothing wrong with asking a subscriber to agree to terms and conditions, but what about signing them up to receive a newsletter in the same statement? Creepy…